Bloody Good Vampire Moviesby theNeoplatonist | created - 15 Apr 2014 | updated - 23 Dec 2016 | Public
Vampire movies that appeal to the dark aesthetic sensibilities of theNeoplatonist. In alphabetical order...
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1. The Addiction (1995)
Not Rated | 82 min | Horror
A New York philosophy grad student turns into a vampire after getting bitten by one, and then tries to come to terms with her new lifestyle and frequent craving for human blood.
Votes: 7,303 | Gross: $0.30M
A film that quotes R.C.Sproul on the nature of evil has to deserve an entry.
2. Blacula (1972)
PG | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance
An ancient African prince, turned into a vampire by Dracula himself, finds himself in modern Los Angeles.
Despite the title, not a comedy. Great star performance which merited and got a sequel (see below, "Scream, Blacula, Scream"). Try to watch the blu-ray version with its brilliant introduction by Kim Newman.
3. Blade (1998)
R | 120 min | Action, Horror
A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.
Votes: 213,304 | Gross: $70.09M
Very comic strip, but perfect on those terms.
4. Blood and Roses (1960)
Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
A lonely and bitter young heiress - jealous of her cousin's engagement to another woman - becomes dangerously obsessed with legends surrounding a vampire ancestor, who supposedly murdered the young brides of the man she loved.
"Et mourir de plaisir" in the original French; "Blood and Roses", in English. (The IMDB keeps jumping around from one to the other.) Vampire story as fairy-tale crossbred with psychological puzzler - is she really a vampire, or just a young woman who’s gone off the deep end? Visually very beautiful.
5. The Brides of Dracula (1960)
Unrated | 85 min | Horror
Vampire hunter Van Helsing returns to Transylvania to destroy handsome bloodsucker Baron Meinster, who has designs on beautiful young schoolteacher Marianne.
Peter Cushing’s definitive Van Helsing: this is the man you want at your side if you’re fighting vampires. Brilliant.
6. Count Dracula (1977 TV Movie)
150 min | Horror
The vampire count leaves his Transylvanian home to wreak havoc across the world.
Louis Jourdan as the Count - a wicked performance. By far the most faithful rendition of Stoker’s novel.
7. Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)
PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A couple invites a Count from Hungary, who recently immigrated to America, to conduct a seance for the woman's recently deceased mother, oblivious to the fact that he is actually a vampire.
Much underrated. Absolutely terrified the daylights out of me as a teenager, and still stands up owing largely to Robert Quarry’s performance as the Count: half intellectual scholar, half ruthless monster. And that ending…
8. Curse of the Undead (1959)
Unrated | 79 min | Horror, Western
B-grade western with a twist: mysterious gunslinger-for-hire Drake Robey is really a vampire, and it's up to Preacher Dan to save the town and girlfriend Dolores Carter.
Highly unusual entry in the genre - a Western synthesized with a Vampire movie. Some highly charged "drinking" scenes. A minor classic. (Note: Doesn't always follow the rules. The vampire here intensely dislikes sunlight, but it doesn't vaporize him.)
9. Dracula (1931)
Not Rated | 75 min | Fantasy, Horror
The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.
Bela Lugosi effortlessly creates the Aristocratic Vampire archetype.
10. Horror of Dracula (1958)
Not Rated | 82 min | Horror
Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses.
Christopher Lee’s epoch-making debut. Also known as "Horror of Dracula".
11. Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
Unrated | 90 min | Horror
Dracula is resurrected, preying on four unsuspecting visitors to his castle.
Votes: 7,475 | Gross: $0.80M
The first half hour is just dripping with suppressed evil. They don’t make villains like Clove any more.
12. Fright Night (1985)
R | 106 min | Horror, Thriller
A horror obsessed teenager discovers that his next door neighbour is a murderous vampire. He tries to convince the police, his family and friends but to no avail. He decides to take matters into his own hands.
Votes: 49,078 | Gross: $24.92M
Comedy-horror, with Roddy McDowall as the aging skeptical presenter of a horror show, “Fright Night”, called in to combat a real vampire; but the horror aspect is very effective.
R | 123 min | Drama, Horror
A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.
Votes: 261,209 | Gross: $105.26M
Wonderful melancholy atmosphere! the film oozes sadness from every pore.
14. Let the Right One In (2008)
R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
Votes: 187,659 | Gross: $2.12M
Forget the Hollywood remake, this is the true brew, with a mesmerizing performance by Lina Leandersson as the vampire girl: that innocent face, those beautiful wide eyes!
15. Love at First Bite (1979)
PG | 96 min | Comedy
This vampire spoof has Count Dracula moving to New York to find his Bride, after being forced to move out of his Transylvanian castle. There with the aid of assistant Renfield, he stumbles ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,691 | Gross: $43.89M
Under-appreciated vampire comedy, with George Hamilton cutting a dashing figure (and fang) as the Count. Has some hilarious scenes.
16. The Lost Boys (1987)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror
After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.
Votes: 104,152 | Gross: $32.22M
Another comedy-horror, with such a brilliant, hilarious ending.
17. Martin (1978)
R | 95 min | Drama, Horror
A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges.
Votes: 8,326 | Gross: $0.10M
Despite the naturalistic treatment, manages to be creepy and disturbing, with the self-righteous uncle figure even more unsettling than the nominal vampire.
18. Near Dark (1987)
R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned on by a beautiful drifter.
Votes: 28,291 | Gross: $3.37M
Much underrated modern classic: why does no one talk about it?
Nightmare Classics (1989)
51 min | Horror
Lonely young Marie and her father live on a plantation just before the Civil War. Their placid lives are invaded when they rescue a mysterious woman from a carriage wreck, and soon bodies ... See full summary »
Good central performance by Meg Tilly as Carmilla, and another outing for Roddy McDowall as a vampire hunter (see "Fright Night"). The scene where Carmilla is hovering head-downwards (like a bat) and feeding sensuously from above on Marie's neck is weird and electrifying. -----NOTE: The picture is from a different story in the Nightmare Classics, Henry James' "Turn of the Screw".
20. The Night Stalker (1972 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 74 min | Horror, Mystery
An abrasive Las Vegas newspaper reporter investigates a series of murders committed by a vampire.
Ah, the debut of Carl Kolchak - my favourite paranormal investigator. There’s little comedy here, unlike the later wonderful TV series, but the genuine horror is seamlessly synthesized with the American crime thriller.
21. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A depressed musician reunites with his lover. Though their romance, which has already endured several centuries, is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister.
Votes: 74,623 | Gross: $1.88M
Atmospheric, detailed, sad story, graced by great acting.
22. The Return of Count Yorga (1971)
R | 97 min | Horror
Count Yorga continues to prey on the local community while living by a nearby orphanage. He also intends to take a new wife, while feeding his bevy of female vampires.
Not quite as good as the original, but has some choice moments: a mass vampire attack on a house, Count Yorga losing a fancy dress competition to someone else dressed as Dracula, and a shock ending.
23. Salem's Lot (1979 TV Movie)
PG | 187 min | Horror
A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.
Perhaps the most straightforwardly intimidating depiction of vampirism.
24. Scream Blacula Scream (1973)
PG | 96 min | Fantasy, Horror
The vampire Mamuwalde (Blacula) is stirred by African voodoo, and is forced to kill again.
Nice sequel to "Blacula", with good direction and surprise ending.
25. Suck (2009)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Music
A comedy centered on a rock 'n' roll band that will do anything to become famous.
Nice (!) spoof of vampirism intruding into rock-n-roll (or rock-n-roll intruding into vampirism). Maybe it doesn't quite work as a whole but it has some fun scenes.
Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A doctor makes a house call and finds his patients are vampires
Effective little vampire love story. Shows how much can be packed into 20 minutes: some people would have taken 2 hours to tell the story.
27. Ultraviolet (1998– )
300 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Michael Colefield is unwillingly thrust into the nightmarish world of vampires when he discovers a secret government organisation operating undercover within the police when his friend Jack... See full summary »
Okay, a TV mini-series, but it can be watched as one long TV movie. By far the most overwhelmingly authentic and credible depiction of vampirism in a modern setting. After this, you can’t trust anyone…
28. Underworld (2003)
R | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller
Selene, a vampire warrior, is entrenched in a conflict between vampires and werewolves, while falling in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons.
Votes: 230,305 | Gross: $51.97M
Selene is the most convincing “vampire heroine” by a huge margin: unsentimental and non-human, yet somehow darkly attractive and tragically but truly heroic.
29. Vampires (1998)
R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Thriller
Recovering from an ambush that killed his entire team, a vengeful vampire slayer must retrieve an ancient Catholic relic that, should it be acquired by vampires, will allow them to walk in sunlight.
Votes: 46,479 | Gross: $20.24M
Under-rated, in theNeoplatonist's garlic-stuffed opinion. John Carpenter is almost always good.
30. Vampires (2010)
Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Belgium's vampire community invites a documentary crew to film one of their families: husband, wife, and two teen children - Georges, Bertha, Sampson, and Grace. The teens have problems: ... See full summary »
Amusing Belgian spoof. A template for "What We Do In The Shadows".
31. Wir sind die Nacht (2010)
Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
In Berlin, a cop closes in on an all-female vampire trio who just took in a new member, Lena.
Improves with repeated viewings. An off-beat little gem.
32. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror
Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane - like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.
Votes: 105,104 | Gross: $3.33M
Affectionate send-up of the whole genre: very effective in the neoPlatonist's monstrous opinion.